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Sad news-Yet again we morn the loss of a legend

New York — Lee Elder, a champion of racial justice who in 1975 has become the first black man to compete inside the Masters, has died at the age of 87, the PGA Tour started on Monday.

A cause of death turned into not giving.


Elder made his ancient Masters debut in 1975 however it would be greater than a decade later in 1990 before Augusta National -- one of the world's most distinct golf equipment -- could welcome Ron Townsend as its first black member.


During his profession, Elder gained four occasions on the PGA Tour, such as the 1974 Monsanto Open which qualified him for the following 12 months' Masters and later recorded eight wins on the PGA Tour Champions.


In 2020, Augusta National announced it might have a good time Elder by way of adding him as an honorary starter with golfing greats Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player at this 12 months' Masters.


Elder, who had restricted mobility, turned into a drive to the primary hollow at Augusta National in a golfing cart this past April wherein he turned into warmly welcomed but did no longer hit a tee shot.


"For me and my family, I suppose it was one of the maximum emotional reports that I actually have ever witnessed or been involved in," Elder stated after the ceremony.


"It is honestly something that I will cherish for the rest of my life."


In addition to announcing Elder as an honorary starter, Augusta National stated it'd establish scholarships in his name at Paine College, a personal, traditionally black university in Augusta.


The two scholarships may be offered yearly to one guy and female at the golf crew.


Elder qualified for the Masters in five consecutive years from 1977 via 1981, his quality end coming in 1979 when he finished in a percentage of seventeenth area.

Lee Elder, first black player to compete in Masters, dies at 87 (msn.com)

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